The Spell of Undoing
Calamity has befallen the city of Quentaris! Due to a vengeful plot by warlike Tolrush (which backfires), Quentaris is uprooted-city, cliff-face, harbour and all-and hurled into the uncharted rift-maze. Lost and adrift in this endless labyrinth of parallel universes, encountering... read full description below.
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The Spell of Undoing is the first book in this new series, Quentaris: Quest of the Lost City.??It's a very good-looking book with an eye-catching cover and internal splash page from Jeremy Maitland-Smith. It also introduces internal illustrations for the first time (by Fernando Molinari), which help create the atmosphere.??
A dastardly spell is cast, but goes wrong, and the city of Quentaris is uprooted and hurled into the uncharted rift-maze, where it must drift through countless parallel universes as it tries to find its way home. To make matters worse, the rival city of Tolrush is also uprooted and set adrift - it stalks Quentaris, waiting to attack. Quentaris, however, is an enterprising city and it soon puts up giant sails, forms a navigator's guild and generally gets on with things.??
This first book follows the adventures of young orphan, Tab Vidler. When Tab witnesses the casting of the spell that uproots Quentaris, she finds her own destiny linked with that of the city. Will Quentaris fall to an attack from Tolrush, or can Tab find a way to save the city? In addition to the big adventure, there is also Tab's quest to become a magician. The two elements of the plot work well together, interweaving the epic with the personal.
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||I've read quite a number of the original Quentaris Chronicles, and this one, I feel, is one of the best. It works well as a story in its own right, but also successfully sets the scene for more adventures. The scope of the original series is broadened, and the door has been opened for more imaginative installments to follow. And so, in many ways, The Spell of Undoing is the perfect first book for a series. I look forward to further adventures in Quentaris. - George Ivanoff
Paul Collins has written over 130 books and 140 short stories. He is best known for The Quentaris Chronicles, which he co-edits with Michael Pryor, The Jelindel Chronicles, The Earthborn Wars and The World of Grrym trilogy in collaboration with Danny Willis.
Paul's latest picture book is The Glasshouse, illustrated by Jo Thompson. Espionage space thriller, The Only Game in the Galaxy, the final exhilarating instalment of his YA series, The Maximus Black Files, was released in September 2013.
Paul has been short-listed for many awards and won the Aurealis, William Atheling and the inaugural Peter McNamara awards. He has had two Notable Books in the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.